Prince Andrew Settles Lawsuit With Accuser Virginia Giuffre
David Boies, Giuffre's attorney, filed court documents on Tuesday for the case to be dismissed. Financial terms were not released to the public and Andrew denies any wrongdoing.
In the case, Giuffre alleged that she was forced to have sex with Andrew on at least three occasions when she was 17 years old and being trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew's team adds that the prince, who has since been stripped of his patronages and military titles, will "make a substantial donation" to a charity "in support of victims' rights."
"Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre's charity in support of victims' rights," court documents read. "Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms. Giuffre's character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks."
"It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years. Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others," the documents continue. "He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims."
Andrew's legal team had no further comments.
Back in January 2022, Andrew's legal team requested to dismiss the lawsuit when they learned Epstein and Guiffre reached a $500,000 settlement and that she had agreed not to take legal recourse against any other "potential defendant." Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the motion.
"I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me. The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions," Guiffre told People at the time. "I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one's life by speaking out and demanding justice."
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